On breakfast for dinner – Bacon and egg sandwich

When home means finally-untangled hair, the sound of waves that won’t quit our minds – oh and of the shower he’s into two-open-doors away while this song is playing on repeat, only rain hitting the skylight is missing for the orchestra. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need ...

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Bonjour décembre

[Hello December] December is made for kissing in the mist, warm nights of magic rush and cold pink dawn, foreseen epiphanies, and perhaps, most importantly, mulled wine. A short welcome to this new month, because – believe me or not – some things are better left unsaid. Yes, at times, silence is golden. So are the blurred roads – barely lit by street poles – ...

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La vanille

It’s hard to play favourite with vanilla. Tahitian vanilla (or for the geeks out there, and that includes me, Vanilla tahitensis) is a bit of a outsider – considered its the only vanilla to contain heliotropin – with its floral burst and nutty undertones. Due to very volatile components, the flavour can be strong at first only to melt into a kind of happy pot-pourri. ...

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Bonjour novembre

[Hello November] Is it just me, or do you also feel like that – more than any other month – tarts belong to November? It usually happens without a warning. And without a calendar. A day or so after waiting on the sidewalk – jumping, whistling, screaming – for a cab to have its light on. Oh yes, it is indeed the thirty-first of October, ...

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Leggings en laine

[Wool leggings] My day started like this. Warm wool leggings, cushy slippers, and a cup of coffee of the burn-your-tongue kind. Only to end up, pretty much the same and with a good read included. Like a surprise waiting for me on the sofa as I entered our flat after the usual dinner service. Hope you had a day as lovely as mine! Any surprises?

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Sur un nuage

[On a cloud] For days when the sky feels like a cloud, of the gigantic kind. And our homes are made warm with gas ovens. I’ve yet found what dough will become a cloud in my kitchen. Perhaps, my very favourite matcha shortbreads. Or the cinnamon cookies that made my childhood a forever-Christmas. Thank you Nikole for making such beautiful objects that – waiting to ...

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How to become a pastry chef?

I’m currently writing a series of posts on how to become a pastry chef. What it involves on a day to day basis, what we do – whether we work in restaurants, pâtisseries, hotels, or even caterers, which paths we took to reach our dreams… So if you have any questions that need answering, please ask away in the comment section!

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Et des morceaux d’arbres tomberaient du ciel – Le cake très chocolat

[And pieces of tree would fall from the sky – The ultimate quadruple chocolate loaf cake] I plan to spend this autumn collecting dead leaves and horse-chestnuts, drinking coffees with warm mittens on, drawing the nights away, and day-dreaming about je ne sais quoi. In fact, if I were to plan anything it would be a forever-autumn. Its blue skies and ice-cold winds, occasional mists ...

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